OGDEN, Kan. (WIBW) -- The family of Sgt. Ronald Evans Taylor is still trying to come to terms with his death.
Taylor, an Army X-ray technician and medic, was shot a year ago on the night of October 14, 2011 as he was driving just a few blocks away from where he lived off post in Ogden.
Wounded behind the wheel, Taylor’s ended up crashing his car into a nearby home on Walnut Street. When officers arrived, they found neighbors trying to help Taylor and giving him CPR. He was rushed to Irwin Army Community Hospital on Fort Riley where he was pronounced dead. Taylor's family believes he was trying to get away from his killer after he'd been shot and ended up losing control of his car due to his injuries.
Several days after the murder, detectives released a profile of the man they believe shot Sergeant Taylor. He's described as a black man, 5'8"-6', 180 lbs., 25-35 years old with a completely bald head, mustache and beard. Witnesses in the area helped them come up with the description of the suspect. Taylor's family even had the sketch posted on a billboard along Fort Riley Boulevard in Manhattan in an effort to help move the case forward and offered a hefty reward but a year later, an arrest has not been made in the case.
"This past year, we all have mourned the horrendous and tragic loss of Evans: the eldest Son, Brother, Soldier and Father that will be remembered through photographs and memories shared from a footlocker of treasure," the victim's brother, Alex Taylor, told WIBW.
"The case is still active and is still actively being investigated. Unfortunately, there’s been no major current developments over the last several months. We still encourage people who may have information about this case to contact the Riley County Police Department directly or they can contact the Manhattan/Riley County Crime Stoppers," said Lieutenant Josh Kyle, spokesman for the Riley County Police Department.
Riley County police have remained tight-lipped on the deadly shooting. They have not released any details on the events leading up to the murder or shed any light on a possible motive.
Taylor’s loved ones say they know very little about what happened that night as police continue their investigation but they remain hopeful that his killer will be caught.
"The family has been through many emotions with regard to the lengthy investigation into my brother's murder. We have been in continuous contact with the RCPD and have received frequent updates. We remain confident in their resolve... Sgt. R. Evans Taylor fought for his country during two tours of duty in harms way, only to return home safely and be murdered. This is a tragedy and we look forward to justice being served," Alex Taylor said.
A memorial for "Evans," as he was called, will be held in his hometown of Wheatfield, Indiana this Sunday on the one year anniversary of his death. His brother says it will be a tribute to a "hero lost."
Evans' sister has initiated the First Annual Memorial honoring Evans. It will also be dedicated to all of the fallen soldiers of the Wheatfield/DeMotte, Indiana area.
The memorial will be held at the American Legion and Taylor's family is enlisting help from the entire community to emphasize everything Evans was about: sports car show (Evans' 5-year-old son will be awarding Best in Show), family activities, music and food and will end with a candlelight vigil.
Anyone with information on the case is urged to call Detective Richard Lewis at 785-537-2112 x. 3050. You may also use one of the Crime Stopper avenues: call Crime Stoppers at 785-539-7777 or 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), text TIP353 plus your message to CRIMES (274637) or
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